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Video: Bill James on The Colbert Report

May 6, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

Legendary baseball writer Bill James was a guest on The Colbert Report last night to promote his new non-baseball book, Popular Crime:

  1. Utley's Hair - May 6, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    He looks rather uncomfortable there.

    • Mark - May 6, 2011 at 12:46 PM

      He’s being grilled by Colbert, the master of Truthiness. He’s probably never been interviewed by someone that awesome before. You gotta be really quick to keep up with Colbert, cause he knows his shit. Doesn’t matter the topic.

      • Andrew - May 6, 2011 at 1:22 PM

        Except sabermetrics.

  2. Chris St. John - May 6, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    “They’re mostly people not living the best of lives. They have hard lives and they express it by…”
    “Chopping people up.”
    “Yeah, occasionally.”

  3. Chris St. John - May 6, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    “They’re mostly people not living the best of lives. They have hard lives and they express it by…”
    “Chopping people up.”
    “Yeah, occasionally.”

    Love that back and forth.

  4. juli333 - May 26, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    IMOHO, Bill James has zero credibility. When asked to comment on the physical appearance of violent criminals, he frankly states that attractive people don’t commit murder, ugly people do. To use his logic, Ted Bundy, Robert Chambers, etc. are innocent. Hey, why bother with all that pesky DNA evidence when you can judge a defendant’s guilt/innocence just by their appearance? That serial killer doesn’t need any prison time, just plastic surgery !

    My suggestion, if you are still curious about his book, wait till you can peruse it for free at your public library, and for any serious criminology students, don’t waist your time.

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